The Public Radio Broadcast last night of This American Life surprisingly
slammed glass recycling and confirmed "through many expert opinions" .
there are plenty of landfills." and ". we shouldn't feel bad about
throwing away glass." They then interviewed Richard Denison of the
Environmental Defense, formerly EDF and they must have surgically
removed this one quote from his whole interview to get this one terribly
unfortunate sentence, something about how "although recycling glass
saves energy it just doesn't make that big of a difference in terms of
energy saved through the manufacturing process.."
Then it trailed off with Denison saying he hoped that folks still
recycled their glass.
A report that Richard Denison wrote for EDF in 1996 "Environmental
Life-Cycle Comparisons of Recycling, Landfilling and Incineration states
otherwise. In his analysis of four national studies that compared the
environmental basis of recycling (DOE, Tellus Inst., Sound Resource
Management Group (SRMG) and Franklin & Assoc. for Keep Am. Beautiful),
recycling a ton of glass saves between 1.2 and 2.8 million Btu's
compared to landfilling or incineration. The reuse of glass bottles
isn't in the analysis.
SRMG since that time has done much more work in the analysis of glass
recycling benefits and many of those pieces have been posted to this
list. I am copying "This American Life" on this email. Perhaps we could
all email them with information about glass recycling since they
sincerely sounded concerned about the benefits of recycling in general
and glass recycling especially.
Here are some of their email addresses: email@example.com
firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> firstname.lastname@example.org
And here is their website http://www.thislife.org
And here is their address:
This American Life WBEZ Radio
848 East Grand Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
President/ Chief Executive Officer
624 Selby Ave.
Saint Paul, MN 55104
Visit our WEBSITE!
Eureka Recycling is a nonprofit organization. Our mission is to reduce
waste today through innovative resource management and to reach a
waste-free tomorrow by demonstrating that waste is preventable not